Composite fillings are an important advancement in dental health and the fight against cavities. The newer composite filling materials replace old metal fillings. Metal fillings contain mercury, a known toxin, and are silver in appearance. With composite fillings, Dr. Sarah Frahm can match your natural tooth color. Composite fillings are non-toxic and biocompatible. So, they offer you a number of benefits.
If you’re in need of a filling and are interested in Dr. Frahm for your dental health needs, read on to learn what the placement of composite fillings entails.
What is a Composite Filling?
Composites serve functional and aesthetic roles, often at the same time. For example, a cavity on the front of your tooth, along the gum line, is visible in your smile. By gently removing area of decay Dr. Frahm stops erosion of your healthy tooth enamel. Then, she uses composite material that matches the shade of your tooth to replace the decayed enamel. With your new composite filling your tooth works better and it looks better.
Composites fillings contain a mix of liquid resin and finely ground ceramic. Together, they provide durability for small to medium-sized cavity fillings that can withstand the pressure from chewing. Composite is an excellent material to give your tooth a natural look.
Natural Teeth Colored Restorations & Fillings
Old amalgam fillings are unattractive and contain mercury, which can be hazardous to your health. Dr. Frahm restores the health of your teeth using non-toxic solutions like composite, ceramic, and porcelain. If you have amalgam fillings and restorations over 10 years old, now is a good time to replace them.
With today’s state-of-the-art materials, Dr. Frahm creates beautiful and healthy restorations to keep you smiling for a lifetime.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
● More durable than previous and older filling material.
● Natural in appearance, composite fillings match your tooth color.
● Composite can be completed in a single dental visit.
● Composite dental fillings can fix minor flaws and larger amounts of damage.
● Composite material only have short-term temperature sensitivity following your dental visit.
Why Would Composite Filling Be Necessary?
Cavities and small fractures in the enamel of your teeth can progress if untreated. Leaving dental problems untreated often results in the need for major and costly dental treatment.
The Case for Composites
Today, tooth-colored composites help quickly restore the health and appearance of your teeth with little investment of time or money.
Composites blend into your tooth’s structure providing an excellent cosmetic option for restoring defects. Composites can often be placed in thinner layers preserving more of your natural tooth.
Composite Filling Dental Treatment
Filling placement is a simple procedure. It is finished in a single dentist’s office visit:
1. Dr. Frahm begins by matching the shade of composite materials to the color of your teeth.
2. Local anesthetic numbs the area around your tooth so you won’t feel much. 3. Dr. Frahm removes decay from your affected teeth.
3. Dr. Frahm removes decay from your affected teeth.
4. Your tooth will be cleaned and dried before the filling is placed.
5. The composite material is layered into place. A light is used to cure the composite filling to your tooth enamel.
6. Next, your dentist shapes and contours your tooth. Then, she polishes it so that the sheen of your tooth matches its neighbors.
7. Last, your dentist checks your bite to make sure your composite filling is comfortable and properly aligned.
After the composite fillings are set and finished, you might notice sensitivity for a short period.